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King's Mess

(The). An extra mess of rice boiled with milk- or of almonds, peas, or other pulse- given to the monks of Melrose Abbey by Robert [Bruce], the feast to be held on January 10th, and 100 being set aside for the purpose; but the monks were bound to feed on the same day fifteen poor men, and give to each four ells of broad cloth or six ells of narrow cloth, with a pair of shoes or sandals.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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